Danny Murphy insists that Jack Grealish would improve Chelsea's midfield
Jack Grealish has been hugely impressive for Aston Villa this season. He is making a case for a move to a top side and Danny Murphy believes he could make it into Chelsea’s starting midfield.
In his column for The Daily Mail, the former Premier League midfielder heaped praise on the 24-year-old, saying: ”What you’ve seen this season is someone whose confidence has gone through the roof after helping get Villa promoted. He plays with a brilliant strut and swagger and doesn’t let his head drop when things get difficult.”
He went on to discuss how the Villa star could fit into each top-six side and made an interesting comparison with the Blues’ current midfield options. He said: ”He’s not inferior to Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley or Mason Mount at Chelsea.”
It is an interesting point from Murphy and one that you could argue is not far from the truth. The numbers in terms of goal contributions make for particularly interesting reading. Kovacic has scored once in the Premier League and provided three assists. Mount has five goals and two assists, and Barkley has no goals or assists.
Grealish, on the other hand, has six goals and five assists so far this season for a struggling Aston Villa team. He also tracks back well and puts the work in defensively. Although numbers do not paint the entire picture, the attacking returns of the 24-year-old are hard to ignore.
There is only really a case to be made that one of the three aforementioned Blues is on the same level as Grealish, and that is Kovacic. The Aston Villa man would certainly improve the Chelsea midfield and give them an additional attacking threat. It could be a move worth considering for Frank Lampard.